Zabaleta set to trigger automatic one-year West Ham contract extension
Pablo Zabaleta is just a matter of games away from triggering a one-year extension to his West Ham contract, according to the Newham Recorder.
Zabaleta said: “If I play in 60 per cent of the games, automatically the contract can extend for another season. This is something I am not too far away from. If I play a few more games, I will have a chance to sit with the manager and the club and decide what to do.
“I haven’t decided what to do. I don’t want to rush myself or the manager. The club brought me in to play for two years and this is all I wanted because I am 34 now. If I do stay then I would understand I would have a different role, not to play as much. I know in myself that I cannot play the same amount of games.”
West Ham were likely hoping that Sam Byram or Ryan Fredericks would be ready to take over the right-back mantle by now, but the situation as it is means that Zabaleta is still vital to their plans.
Ideally, he would take a back seat next season – if he chooses to extend – and allow a younger man to play the majority of the games.
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